LGUs face tougher tests this year to win good governance seal

The chance of getting a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is going to be tougher for any local government unit this year because of more stringent requirements now imposed by the Department of Interior and Local government (DILG).

DILG provincial director Mario Daquer said this week many municipalities undergoing DGLG evaluation have already failed to qualify mainly because of their problem in the delayed implementation of infrastructure projects.

“Ito ang karaniwang dahilan, mga uncompleted projects kasi i-evaluate ang compliance vis-a-vis sa project na dapat na mapatupad,” he said.

He did not identify specific LGUs with delayed or unimplemented projects but reminded them to improve their performance this time by avoiding delays in the implementation.

“Na upscale na ang mga requirements. Hindi tayo sigurado kung sino ang papasa this time,” he said.

Daquer said the DILG is now on the final assessment and evaluation phase in identifying those LGUs who passed the 2017 evaluation which will be conferred as SGLG awardee for 2018.

Last year, three municipalities of Palawan were conferred with SGLG including Brooke’s Point, Narra and Sofronio Española. The city of Puerto Princesa was also conferred with SGLG in the city category.

Daquer said that unlike the previous 4+1 assessment where LGUs are only required to pass four core areas and at least one essential area, SGLG 2018 presents a more challenging requisite of hitting the minimum criteria in seven governance areas. These are Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, Tourism Culture and the Arts.

“Dito sa bagong SGLG kailangang mapasa mo na itong pito, dati ay mapasa mo lang ang apat na core areas plus isa sa essential area ay pasado ka na,” he explained.


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